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13th Annual Diabetes Conference Aims to Educate and Empower Muskegon Community

If you’re struggling to manage your diabetes, or simply wish to meet new people and learn more about diabetes, don’t miss the 13th Annual African American Diabetes Conference on Saturday, November 5.

The event, organized by the Health Project, aims to educate and empower individuals living with diabetes in Muskegon County through free health screenings, informational workshops and connection with local resources. The screenings and hands-on sessions not only address diabetes, but also several conditions that often accompany diabetes: heart disease, blood pressure, poor nutrition, hypertension, and more.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Leola Collins, is a Sanofi-Aventis AIC Champion. As an AIC Champion, Collins shares her personal story with groups of other individuals living with diabetes. Collins’ message is simple: “You can manage your diabetes while still doing the things you like to do. It’s up to you.”

Mimi Rankin, the Health Project’s Community Outreach Coordinator, is one of the main organizers of the conference every year. In her role, she ensures that those in the Muskegon community living with diabetes have control over their disease and are informed on what resources are available.

“We’re encouraging everyone to come and be a part of this annual event. Every year, you’ll learn something new about diabetes that you never knew before,” Rankin said. “It’s a wonderful day to meet other people living with diabetes and learn from their experiences.”

The conference takes place on November 5 from 10:00 am to 2:15 pm at Muskegon Heights High School (2441 Sanford St, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444). There will be several local vendors on site to answer your questions and lots of giveaways for attendees. Don’t miss this chance to connect with your community and learn how to manage your diabetes.

The event is sponsored by Mercy Health, Sanofi-Aventis, Walmart Vision Center, Hackley Community Care, Muskegon Family Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Blue Care Network of Michigan. For more information on the event, contact Mimi Rankin at or 231-672-3201.